I’m quite happy today. Someone was getting rid of their Finale 2008 software and was willing to part with it for a mere $70.00 on Amazon. I snatched it up. Despite claiming to be for both Mac and PC, It refused to install on my Macbook Pro (a laptop I’m borrowing from school) but installed beautifully on our extra PC, a used machine we picked up a while back for $80.00 so that Ian could play games while we were using our regular PC. It hasn’t seen much use since then, so I guess it’s going to be Mom’s choir computer.
(Wait, I just called myself ‘Mom.’)
I mocked up a bit of chant I wrote experimentally a few years ago and YES! the programs DOES INDEED allow me to hide time signatures. Can you believe I went through all that just for one stupid trick?
Here’s the deal. I already own Finale PrintMusic 2011. I bought it so I could re-write all the choir music that we use at church. The music (and all the notes and jottings from previous choir directors, some of whom obviously had no musical sense at all!) has been copied so many times that it’s barely readable. No one knows where it originally came from. However, since most of it is in some form of chant (non-metrical music) I needed a notation program that could create music documents with measures of varying metrical length – without showing a time signature change at every measure! Yes, Finale, the point is for my old choir ladies to become LESS CONFUSED, not more so!
PrintMusic, it turned out, could not do this for me at all. So I wasted all the money getting that level of the program, except in the sense that Ian is having fun teaching himself how to use Finale and write music.
Hopefully my big choir project can now get underway, as it seems fairly quick to simply enter pre-written music in Finale 2008. The whole thing reminds me, though, how little I actually know about Orthodox music. I wish, wish, wish, that I were actually composing, or that I could actually read the higher forms of chant. This carpatho-russian chant we do at my church is pretty stodgy.